Maqaasid Breaks Track Record on Breezy Day
1 Maqaasid 9/4F
A third track record was broken on day two of Royal Ascot when Maqaasid won the Queen Mary Stakes for juvenile fillies.
Her time of 59.17 seconds impressed trainer John Gosden, who said: “People who follow times will know that’s extremely fast - we have got a bit of a tail wind, but that’s quick.
“The plan is to go for six furlongs later in the year, but we don’t want to over-race her in the hope she might get a mile next year.
“She’s very relaxed, but as soon as she daylight she goes. She didn’t have to be taught that, she does it on auto-pilot. I’d hate to see her breaking head and head for the lead because she’d get four and a half furlongs and not the final eighth.
“She’s naturally athletic, so given that she’s by Green Desert out of a Storm Cat mare my job was to keep her mentally settled. My assistant, Danny Harrop, rides her at home and he’s pretty good at getting them settled. You go with her, you don’t tell her what to do.
“The Cheveley Park Stakes would be a good aim. This is a stiff five furlongs and she’s done that well, but six furlongs will suit. She’s got scope about her.”
Asked how today’s race fitted into his big-race record, Gosden said: “Yesterday’s Coventry Stakes is the race you want to win with a two-year-old colt, and this is the race for a fast filly. If you have one the Queen Mary is all you talk about through the winter. I’ve been second in this race and it’s great to win it - it’s amazing what you can achieve if you live long enough.”
MEOW BEATEN BY A WHISKER
The blue-blooded Meow, a daughter of the great sprinter Airwave from Storm Cat’s last crop, was beaten by a neck in the Group Two Queen Mary Stakes.
“She’d win the Queen Mary in most years but unfortunately not this one,” said the filly’s trainer David Wachman. “She ran very well and we’ve no excuses. She’ll probably try and win a Listed race and then step up to good company again. She’s a five-furlong filly.”
Trainer Geoff Oldroyd was delighted with Ladies Are Forever’s third place. “I thought she was going to win but she ran a fabulous race because she wanted more give in the ground,” said the Malton handler. “Tom (Eaves) thought she was going to win but she just started to hang.
“I think she’s going to make up into a really nice filly and the plan is still to go for the Lowther Stakes at York. She was a late foal (born on May 8) so she was only really two last month and has to catch up with some of these other fillies.
“She’s still quite unfurnished so I’d like to give her a bit of a break and then go straight to the Lowther.
“I think she also gets into the Redcar Two-Year-Old Trophy on about 7st 12lb and that could be a good target as it’s worth a lot of money and it’s in October so it gives her a good break between races.
“Her owner-breeder (Reg Bond) is trying to promote the stallion Monsieur Bond this year and he has really taken off.”
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